Friday, February 5, 2021
Following up on my previous posts:
The ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice hosts a free webinar today at 3:30 PM ET on #BlackTaxpayersMatter: Intersection of Race, Tax Systems, Laws and Enforcement:
The United States exhibits wider disparities of wealth than any other major developed nation. Over the past five decades, wealth has concentrated among the highest-income households, which are disproportionately white and male. In 2018, three white men held aggregate wealth greater than the aggregate wealth of one-half of all Americans. The median white household has 41 times more wealth than the median Black household and 22 times more wealth than the median Latinx household. On average women earn less than men in all industries. At the intersection of race and gender the gaps are even more shocking. Women of color are disproportionately poor suffering poverty rates of 21.4% Black women, 18.7% Latinas, and 22.8% Native American women, as compared to 7% for white men. Moreover, education, work, and marriage and other attributes that fall under the rubric of “personal responsibility” do not remedy these disparities.
In short, something must be done to reverse these racist trends. Tax and spending systems are the most profound fiscal tools under the government’s control. Many aspects of tax systems worsen inequality, especially the racial wealth gap. Three nationally recognized expert panelists will provide a deep dive into institutional racism in tax systems. The panel will begin with a broad overview focusing on racism in international and domestic tax systems targeting Black and Latinx taxpayers. The focus will then narrow further looking at the disparate impact of taxpayer audits on communities of color. Finally, panelists will suggest concrete strategies to start to remedy these wrongs.
- Donnie Charleston (E Pluribus Unum)
- Steven Dean (Brooklyn)
- Francine Lipman (UNLV; Google Scholar)
- Richard Winchester (Seton Hall; Google Scholar) (moderator)